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For Will Englund's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ukraine puts brakes on historic EU deal

/ Nov 23, 2013

Ukraine puts brakes on historic EU deal

Stuck between Russia and the European Union, and chafing at the need to choose between them, the Ukrainian government faltered Thursday as threats from its big Slavic neighbor mounted. The Cabinet suspended Ukraine’s preparations to sign an “association agreement” with the EU next Friday ...

Moscow mayor election could shift political landscape

/ Sep 9, 2013

Moscow mayor election could shift political landscape

In a mayoral election that tested the Kremlin’s strategy against its opposition, and that brought some of the divisions within the Kremlin itself close to the surface, charismatic anti-corruption Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny made a far stronger showing than expected Sunday. Incumbent Mayor ...

Top challenger detained as Moscow's race for mayor heats up

/ Aug 26, 2013

Top challenger detained as Moscow's race for mayor heats up

Mayoral Candidate A raises questions about Candidate B’s campaign literature. The police, who report to the incumbent, Candidate C, respond by raiding the print shop where the literature is produced. Candidate D raises a stink, because he was using the same printing firm. That’s ...

Russians cast wary eye on volunteerism

/ Feb 4, 2013

Russians cast wary eye on volunteerism

A country doctor, a tiny, dilapidated village hospital, an indifferent health bureaucracy — and now, coming to the rescue, volunteers from distant Moscow, bringing furniture, equipment, money and, maybe most important, good cheer. In the background, though, is the Parliament — weighing a law ...